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John A. Donaldson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449680

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449680.001.0001

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Guizhou and Yunnan in Comparison

Guizhou and Yunnan in Comparison

(p.21) 1 Guizhou and Yunnan in Comparison
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John A. Donaldson

Cornell University Press

This chapter describes the research methodology used in the present study and introduces the two provinces under consideration. It compares the impact of economic, social, political, cultural, demographic, natural, and geographical factors in Guizhou and Yunnan. For each factor, available data from five qualitative and quantitative sources were collected in order to cross-check the results derived from each source. Each factor was analyzed to determine whether it could explain the juxtaposition of economic growth without poverty reduction in Yunnan and/or the combination of poverty reduction without economic growth in Guizhou. The analysis of demographic, economic, and political factors revealed several similarities and differences between the two provinces and some factors that moved in the opposite direction than expected. Thus, the puzzling pattern of economic growth and poverty reduction seen in the two provinces remains a mystery.

Keywords:   economic growth, poverty reduction, China, economic development, Guizhou province, Yunnan province, research methodology

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